Buoyed by last week’s excellent 2-0 win against East Fife the Spiders hit the road again on Saturday for the second tough away match on the bounce, this time our old haunt the Excelsior Stadium being the destination. Last Saturday’s victory saw us move of the foot of the table on goal difference, undoubtedly providing a welcome shot in the arm as the battle to avoid the drop intensifies but if we are to continue moving in the right direction, Saturday’s game are the ones that we need to be taking something from.
Ahead of the game we caught up with gaffer Gus MacPherson to get his thoughts and the message was clear as he looks for a similar performance to last week when we head to Airdrie. Starting with a quick look back on the East Fife match Gus said: “I was delighted with the East Fife game. I thought we were excellent and worked really hard for each other. It won’t come as a surprise to those who have followed us this season when I say we have played better and lost but that was the type of performance we needed at this stage of the season.”
“We changed the system and there was a change of mindset in the players as well and I believe they played a significant part in securing the win. I thought the performance thoroughly merited the three points. Everyone to a man done their jobs as we asked, they worked really hard for each other and it was very pleasing to get the reward for that.”
Looking ahead to the Airdrie match Gus said: “We go into the game in no doubt that it is going to be yet another very tough test for us. Airdrie are a strong side and have come out of the January transfer window significantly strengthened as a result of their recent takeover.”
“Having said that it’s a game that we very much look forward to on the back of last week’s win. The players know what is required of them and last week was a reminder, not that I felt we needed one, of just what is required to see a game out at this level.”
“The players know the level of commitment that is required and are fully aware that we will need to ensure we compete from the start and should we do that, and take any chances that come our way, we can take something from the game.”
On the player front the gaffer confirmed that there was only one change to the squad from last weeks match against East Fife with Gregor Fotheringham returning and Ross Millen missing out through suspension. Other than that, we remain without the services of injured trio Kevin Green, Ewan MacPherson and James MacLennan.
The opposition: The Diamonds go into the game sitting seventh in the table, two places and eight points ahead of Queen’s. Their last outing was a narrow 2-1 defeat away to Raith Rovers last Saturday. Dale Carrick’s goal on the verge of half time had given them the lead at the break but the league leaders came back to win the match with goals from ex Airdrie striker Willis Furtado, who levelled the scoring just after the hour mark, and Lewis Vaughan.
Head to head: Played 151; Queen’s Park 36; Draw 56; Airdrieonians 59.
Recent league form: Queen’s Park DDLLLW; Airdrieonians DDLDWL.
Previous meetings this season: 30/09/2017 – Airdrieonians 4-2 Queen’s Park. 16/12/2017 – Queen’s Park 1-1 Airdrieonians.
Last matches: 10/02/2017 – East Fife 0-2 Queen’s Park; Raith Rovers 2-1 Airdrieonians.
Top scorers: Queen’s Park: Adam Cummins (8). Airdrieonians: Willis Furtado (6).
Match officials: Referee – Craig Napier. Assistants – Ross Haswell & Colin Drummond.
Admission prices: Adults £16; Concessions £10; Child (u16) £7; Parent & Child £20.
Twitter: You can keep up to date with all the action as it happens at @QueensParkFC
Facebook: Get the team news pre-match as well as goal, half time and full-time score updates via our Facebook page www.facebook.com/QueensParkFootballClub
QPTV: You can catch Gus MacPherson’s post-match reaction on QPTV. The interview should be available around an hour after the final whistle.
Other League One fixtures: Albion Rovers v Raith Rovers; Arbroath v Alloa Athletic; Ayr United v East Fife; Forfar Athletic v Stranraer.
Our next match: 24/02/2018 v Forfar Athletic at Hampden. Kick off 3.00pm.